Review of Friends with Benefits By Lisa Swift
Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?
Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and a delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl left to work overseas…and everything changed.
A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.
The only thing keeping her from meltdown is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can depend on him.
After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. What starts as just sex soon becomes something deeper.
But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with an impossible decision. Will she be forced to choose between her feelings for Theo and the boy she loves as a son?
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When it comes to unusual family dynamics, this book is right up there. Told from the points of view of the two protagonists and a 14 year old boy, it is unusual and moving. Setting the romance aside, it is refreshingly different to see life through the eyes of a teenage boy who is beginning to explore who he is and his place in the world.
Then there are the various and diverse parenting issues that are explored in fascinating detail, and it brings home to the reader that what makes a family is love not biology.
With lots of emotion and drama, this is a page-turning romance not to be missed.
About the Author
Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country... and she's still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.
Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker.
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